Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

The creation of a new Wampum Belt by the Native American Wampanoag Nation was one of the cornerstones of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's sailing.

The journey to its creation and exhibition involved artists and scholars from the Wampanoag working with counterparts in the UK, with The Box in Plymouth central to the process.

It formed part of an exhibition on Wampanoag life and culture in Southampton, London and Plymouth - at The Box, called Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America.

You can view details of the exhibitions, read about Wampanoag culture and watch a video of the belt's creation using the links below.

  • Watch: Wampum - Stories from the Shells of Native America

    Visitors to The Box in Plymouth got to experience Native American culture and history through ‘Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America’.

    On completion of the tour, the new wampum belt was returned to the Wampanoag Nation. This short film takes an in-depth look at the exhibition.

     

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  • Wampum belt to return to Wampanoag Nation in Massachusetts

    A project of huge cultural significance, the creation of a new wampum belt by the Wampanoag People was the centrepiece of a ground-breaking exhibition titled 'Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America'.

    Now, that wampum belt is preparing to return to the Wampanoag in Massachusetts USA.

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  • Video: The Making of the Wampum Belt

    Watch our video about the journey to creating a Wampum Belt that toured nationally in 2020 and 2021.

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  • Video: Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

    Wampum belts are the closest thing to written history for Wampanoag people - and the creation of a new belt is the focus of this short film.

    Our fascinating video tells the story of this remarkable project with echos of centuries of Native American history. 

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  • Video: We Are Still Here

    We Are Still Here explores 400 years of Wampanoag history and how the arrival of European colonists would forever change their way of life - which stretches back 12,000 years.

    This video explores the Wampanoag story and how today, the Nation’s people are very much still here as an integral part of the commemorations of the Mayflower’s sailing on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Read: The history of the Wampanoag Nation

    Read our in-depth history of the Wampanoag from the point Europeans began to arrive in Native America some 400 years ago.

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  • Read: The history of King Philip's War

    King Philip's War was Native America's last stand against colonisation and the bloodiest conflict in American history.

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